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Labs That Test For
Igenex Lab- YES
(See IGeneX New ImmunoBlot Tests)
Imugen Lab- YES
PCR- CPT Code- 87798
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New ImmunoBlot Tests
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UPDATE- October 2018
NEW Bartonella Test- IGeneX
QUOTE- "The Bartonella Multi-Species Western blot detects Bartonella genus-specific IgM and IgG antibodies in human serum or plasma. Also, it will identify and differentiate B. henselae, B. vinsonii, B. quintana and B. elizabethae."
The Bartonella IgXSpot will detect specific T-cell responses very early - soon after the onset of infection - when antibodies to the organisms are not yet detectable, as well as late in the disease when the levels of antibodies can be very low.
It is also useful in patients who are immunosuppressed or who have an immunoglobulin deficiency. Hence, this assay is especially useful for seronegative patients." More information here.
According to a 2005 study from Johns Hopkins, their preferred Lyme tests miss approximately 75% of the patients who have Lyme disease. Other sources have determined the percentage of people missed could be as high as 90%.
A negative test does not exclude
The diagnosis of Lyme disease!
Treat the Patient
NOT The Tests!
CDC states.... It is possible for someone who was infected with Lyme disease to test negative because: Some people who receive antibiotics (e.g., doxycycline) early in disease (within the first few weeks after tick bite) may not develop antibodies or may only develop them at levels too low to be detected by the test. Source
A false-negative Lyme disease test is a disadvantage in several ways.
1. Your health care professional may not realize you have Lyme disease and not treat you as a result.
2. False negative tests may cause a delay in obtaining a proper diagnosis. Not receiving proper treatment in the early stages allows a complex infectious organism(s) to spread throughout your body, making your condition worse and allowing the disease to advance to later stages.
3. You may be improperly diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS, MS, Parkinson's, ALS, ADD, depression and other disorders when in fact Lyme disease is the underlying culprit. Treatment for those conditions will not reach the source of the problem.
4. A negative test provides the insurer another reason to deny your medications and any further testing or treatment for Lyme and tick borne diseases.
Lyme Disease Diagnosis
Difficulty Affording Lyme Testing?
The Lyme Test Access Program (Lyme-TAP) is a nationwide patient assistance program offered by Ferndale Foundation in coordination with the Lyme Patients Assistance Group to provide assistance for initial Lyme-related lab tests to patients who demonstrate true financial need.
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